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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by P1zzaman, Sep 19, 2003.

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  1. P1zzaman

    P1zzaman Thread Starter

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    Well it's not quite like the feeling you get when you just hear your harddrive cylinder crash.. but it's close.

    I was playing Morrowind and then all of a sudden, my computer began to slow down tremendously. The video screen got all messed up, and started doing some trippy colors. Then the computer locked up.

    So I rebooted and found that my PNY Verto Geforce4 ti 4200 is not operational. I've had it for only a year, and now everytime when I boot up, my BIOS makes the 1 long beep followed by 3 beeps and I know my video card is dead. Or is it? I am using my crappy Voodoo 5 video right now.

    Anyway, is this common? Good thing PNY has a lifetime warranty replacement plan!

    -Pizzaman
     
  2. suesman

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    So everything is working ok now? With the different video card I mean.
     
  3. P1zzaman

    P1zzaman Thread Starter

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    Ya, everything's "working" fine. I mean, it is an old card, and nothing supports it now, but that's normal.

    You know what might have caused the failure of my other card? I mean, I never overclocked it or anything.

    I was doing some DirectX programming and didn't correctly release all the video mem... but I have rebooted since then, and I doubt software can do that to my video card?

    -Pizzaman
     
  4. compilerxp

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    As they say... "S**t Happens"...

    My PSU blew up... walked out of the room, walked back in 5 mins later and noticed that my computer power light was "ON"... but was silent... oh yeah, DEAD.

    Worked on a friend's little Celeron600Mhz Gateway, fixed it up at his home (software wise) - showed him the changes (they had gigabyes of garbage)... 2 days later, it DIED... it's own PSU blew up, but it took out the mobo too... unfortunetly, we didn't have a spare PSU to check it out (Mine had just blown up, so I was using a spare) - so he paid $40 for a junky little gateway 75watt PSU only to find out the board was half fried (He didn't give me the USB keyboard & mouse - which I don't have and his gateway only had USB ports, no PS2)... $220 later, AMD XP1800/256mb/case and a faster system :) Just tossed in the drives, let WindowsME do its thing in 4-5 boots. Of course, with Dictator WindowsXP, you couldn't do that... and there are some reports of Windows XP barfing on changing RAM.

    With whats going on... with Nvidia I'd say get an ATI9600Pro.
     
  5. P1zzaman

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    Ya, it ATI is in the lead in this GFX race!

    -Pizzaman
     
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